El CARLEE organiza el Sábado metodológico “Carry on CLILling –  effective learning in the bilingual secondary classroom”. Se celebrará el sábado, 10 de Febrero, de 9 a 14 horas, en el CIFE Juan de Lanuza (C/ Buen Pastor, 4. 50.003- Zaragoza).

La sesión correrá a cargo de Claire Manners, profesora de inglés en IES, y co-autora del Integrated Curriculum for Secondary Education English – Years 1 and 2 (MECD- British Council).

La inscripción se realiza en DOCEO, del 22 de Enero al 1 de Febrero de 2018.

Información completa en este archivo.


Learning through observation of good practice in bilingual schools

Today the new C1 teachers, who have recently started working in modelo BRIT bilingual schools, completed the second part of their initial training course at the CARLEE.

In today’s session we had the pleasure of being invited into some classrooms at the CEIP Augustina de Aragón to observe some very experienced bilingual teachers at work. In Barbara’s year 3 infant class we saw how the children reviewed language and contents from a topic on superheroes and how they then applied their new knowledge to a creative writing activity. We were also able to observe effective classroom management strategies, clear evidence of collaboration between teachers, as well as activities that promote autonomous learning in very young children.

In Marta’s year 5 primary class we saw CLIL methodology being put into practice as the children learned about the phases of the moon and the tides and were then able to explain what they had learnt in English. In this same class we were lucky enough to see examples of other active methodologies being used to engage the children’s attention, manage behaviour, foster cooperative learning and the development of thinking skills.

In both classes, and throughout the whole school, the walls were decorated with examples of children’s work, signs and other visual aids.

After the observation we went back to the CARLEE to reflect on what we had seen and how it could influence our own teaching.  So, a big THANK YOU to the teachers and pupils at CEIP Agustina de Aragón for allowing us to learn from you in your wonderful school!

Bilingual babies – Teaching ideas for the first days in bilingual programmes

The first days of school are often stressful for young children (and their teachers too!), but when a school follows a bilingual programme and pupils are introduced to a second language during the first few days, it can make the whole experience even more scary and confusing. Teachers of children who are just beginning school therefore have to proceed carefully during this tricky time, as developing a positive attitude towards the language and culture and towards learning a foreign language is essential to the success of  learning a new language.

If you are a teacher working with children who are just beginning their bilingual education, here are a few tips to help you get off to a great start:

  1. Respect the children’s adaptation to school life and familiarise yourself with their class routines. Spend some time just being in the classroom, talking to and playing with the children before you try to do any more ‘serious’ activities that involve sitting down. If possible you should try to imitate some of the routines that the class teacher establishes as it will help the children feel more secure about what’s going on, even when they don’t understand what you are saying to them.
  2. Talk to the children in English from the very beginning and don’t resort to using their mother tongue if you can avoid it – you can always ask the class teacher to help you out if there’s a problem. Try not to say anything that requires the children to answer or show understanding before they are ready to do so, and don’t worry if they appear to be ignoring you – they will need some time to get used to the idea. Another tip is to sing instructions and questions rather than saying them.
  3. Use lots of body language. This is advice for all communicators everywhere, but is especially important for bilingual teachers working with very young children. During the first few weeks, most of the communication with your pupils will take place through gestures and facial expressions and over time they will learn to associate the language they hear with the meanings.
  4. Get the children used to hearing English just by playing songs in the background, for example when the children the are playing or at snack time. When they have settled in, you can then use the same songs to teach them their first few words in English. Here are some recommendations:
  5. Use a cute or funny puppet to introduce the children to hearing the new language. A puppet will attract their attention and lower their affective filter, meaning that they are more likely  to develop a positive attitude towards the new language which is crucial at this early stage. You could also make similar puppets or finger puppets for the children to play with at home. (Alternatively you can just draw little faces on their fingers – they love it!).
  6. Choose attractive story books and look at them with the children. Don’t be in too much of a hurry to read the story, but encourage them to look at the pictures while you say some of the words (dog, tree, blue, mummy). Lift the flap books are especially appealing to very young children and help to hold their attention, even when they don’t understand the story. Here are some suggestions of some good books to use with 3 year olds:
  7. Coordination and collaboration with the other class teachers is always essential in successful bilingual projects, but especially during the first few months of infant school. Find out what projects and topics your class teachers are going to work on and decide how you can contribute in English. Ideally the units of work or projects should be planned by both the class teachers and English teachers together, so make sure you establish a time and place to do this effectively.
  8. Be fun. To engage and maintain children’s attention your sessions will need to be highly motivating with lots of attractive games and activities. As you cannot engage them with what you are saying (they won’t understand at first) you will have to find other ways of keeping their attention when you are talking to them. To do this you should use plenty of visual aids and realia. You could also use a range of bags, boxes, puppets, props, costumes, masks, soft toys and flash cards to turn simple circle time activities into games. One of my favourites is ‘pass the ball‘. (Please note that it takes a few goes for the children to get the hand of this game!)

If you have tries any of these activities in your classes or you have some more ideas for the first classes with infants, please comment and/or share below. You can also see these links for more ideas:




Getting kids’ attention in a class setting


phonetics for CLIL teachers

El CARLEE organiza una nueva edición del curso Phonetics for CLIL teachers, dirigido a docentes de Educación infantil, primaria o Enseñanza secundaria no especialistas en lengua inglesa, que imparten docencia de asignaturas no lingüísticas en lengua inglesa durante el presente curso en programas bilingües autorizados. El objetivo del curso es conocer nociones básicas de fonética y de cómo funcionan los sonidos del inglés, para mejorar la pronunciación de los participantes. Es un curso práctico, en el que se dan numerosos ejemplos extraídos de contextos reales y de cultura audiovisual, y muy dirigido al entorno académico / escolar. 

La inscripción se realiza en DOCEO, del 4 al 12 de Septiembre. Además de la inscripción, se debe remitir dentro del plazo de inscripción el anexo de esta convocatoria en el que se hace constar que el solicitante está impartiendo un área no lingüística durante el presente curso, firmado por el director del centro y el solicitante. Se enviará escaneado de manera legible por correo electrónico a la dirección de correo natalia.centrolenguas@gmail.com.

Información completa en este enlace.




Después de una buena acogida de las jornadas de Literacy hace unos días, el CARLEE ofrece unas nuevas jornadas de formación en Science, con ponentes muy experimentados en programas bilingües. La actividad se realizará en lengua inglesa.

Fechas: 18-19-20 abril 2017

Hora: 18.00-20.00

Lugar: CARLEE (IES Parque Goya)

Se puede consultar toda la información de las jornadas en este díptico:  Science

La inscripción se realiza en DOCEO, del 13 al 30 de marzo. 

Curso: Synthetic phonics for CLIL teachers

El centro de lenguas organiza el curso SYNTHETIC PHONICS FOR CLIL TEACHERS, destinado a docentes de E. infantil y primaria implicados durante este curso en programas autorizados de enseñanza bilingüe en lengua inglesa. Es de especial interés para quienes se inicien en la docencia en programas bilingües.

En este archivo tenéis la información sobre los contenidos, fechas…

La inscripción se realiza a través de DOCEO.  Se podrá realizar desde el 19 hasta el 24 de Septiembre.


curso “Phonetics and pronunciation for CLIL teachers”

El centro de lenguas de Aragón, dependiente del CIFE Juan de Lanuza, organiza el curso “PHONETICS FOR CLIL TEACHERS: FONÉTICA Y PRONUNCIACIÓN INGLESAS PARA PROFESORES DE ÁREAS NO LINGÜÍSTICAS EN PROGRAMAS BILINGÜES”. Está destinado a  Docentes de Educación infantil, primaria o Enseñanza secundaria no especialistas en lengua inglesa, que imparten docencia de áreas no lingüísticas en lengua inglesa durante el presente curso en programas bilingües autorizados.

El objetivo es dotar de herramientas para mejorar la pronunciación y entonación en lengua inglesa de dichos docentes, sobre todo en el entorno escolar / académico.

La inscripción comienza el 2 de Septiembre, y se realiza a través de DOCEO: ENLACE A LA INSCRIPCIÓN . El plazo concluye el 11 de Septiembre.

Igualmente, se deberá remitir dentro del plazo de inscripción el anexo de esta convocatoria en el que se hace constar que el solicitante está impartiendo un área no lingüística durante el presente curso, firmado por el director del centro y el solicitante. Se enviará escaneado por correo electrónico a la dirección de correo que aparece en el díptico informativo. Se entenderá que los solicitantes que no envíen dicho anexo renuncian a su solicitud de participación, y por tanto, su inscripción en DOCEO no será tenida en cuenta.


  • Admitidos: Se consultará en https://cifes.aragon.es (introduciendo el NIF en “admisión de actividades”, en la página de inicio), a partir del 14 de Septiembre. 
  • Es imprescindible actualizar los datos de adscripción de centro, nivel que imparte y especialidad en DOCEO (“mi cuenta” >”mis datos”). 
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